Friday, January 05, 2007

Featherless Bipeds

Featherless Bipeds, by Richard Scarsbrook

YA/Canadian/boys in a band

Sequel to Cheeseburger Subversive

If there was nothing else you could say about this author, you might still admit that he comes up with the coolest titles for his books.

I have not yet read Cheeseburger Subversive, though I know it is popular with teen boys and their teachers, but that did not matter when I picked up Featherless Bipeds. There is enough of the back story included that the reader can pick up on who the characters are, how they relate, etc. The hero is Dak Sifter. He's in his first year of University. He's in love with Zoe, has been his whole life, and still hasn't won her affections. He's a drummer. He writes rock lyrics.

In this book, Dak hooks up with his roommate Tristan, and Akim, Lola, and Jimmy T., three other students, to form a rock and roll band called Featherless Bipeds. Jimmy T. is a terrible musician, but he has connections and he gets the band gigs. The band starts touring the bar circuit - where they run into any number of bizarre characters. Things happen quickly, and before you know it, the band is getting famous and has a record deal.

The story is fantastical in that it is more a boys fantasy of rock 'n roll life that anything else. It would come across as cheesy and over the top, if it weren't for the narration. Dak tells his own story, and there is enough self-deprecation and telling of embarrassing scrapes that the story is humorous and touching. This was an excellent bit of lad lit that will be sure to appeal to boys with a dream of becoming rockers.

1 comment:

Maggie said...

You have to read 'Cheeseburger Subversive.' It's *so* funny. I don't often laugh out loud when I'm reading, but this book had me snorting and laughing all the way through it. Haven't had a chance to read 'Featherless Bipeds' yet, but it's definitely on my list.